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CFPB Finalizes Payday Lending Rule - With a Few Changes

On October 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized its new rules governing the small-dollar consumer loan market, based on a proposal first released in June 2016. The rule requires underwriting for...more

SBA Publishes Final Rule Regarding Ability of SBICs to Finance Passive Businesses

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Following a series of delays, on August 18 the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it would withdraw the Final Rule modifying its regulations on the ability of a small business investment company (SBIC) to...more

Trump Administration Proposes Delay to the New Disability Claims and Appeals Regulations

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Under the Obama Administration, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued final regulations imposing new requirements on employers regarding their handling of claims and appeals filed on or after January 1, 2018 for disability...more

CFPB Issues Final Rules on Payday and Vehicle Title Loans—Little Impact for Auto Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans. The new rule is effective in 2019 and imposes stringent underwriting requirements and...more

DOL Requests Extension of Final Disability Claims Rule To April 1, 2018

by Benesch on

On October 10th the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to extend by 90 days the applicability date for the Final DOL Claims Procedure Regulations (Rule) from January 1, 2018 to April 1, 2018. At the beginning of this...more

Branching Out: Nonfunctional Currency Branch Regulations Targeted for Burden Reduction

On October 2, 2017, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-57 (the Notice) announcing that Treasury and the IRS: - Are considering changes to the final...more

The CFPB’s Payday Lending Rule: An Opportunity in Disguise?

by Vedder Price on

On October 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its nearly 1,700-page final rule for short-term loans (“Payday Lending Rule”). Notably, almost simultaneously with the CFPB’s announced Payday...more

CFPB Adds “Ability to Pay” Requirement to Payday Loans

by Goodwin on

On October 5, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) revealed its final rule regulating payday lending. For the past five years, the CFPB had been doing research and seeking comments from the industry on how to...more

Will the Future Bring a Surge of Class Actions against Banks and Credit Card Companies?

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formally issued its long-anticipated final rule banning class waivers in future arbitration agreements for banks, lenders, debt counselors, credit card issuers,...more

Department of Labor Proposes to Delay Implementation of Disability Claim Regulations

On October 6, 2017, the Department of Labor signed a proposed Rule “to delay for ninety (90) days – through April 1, 2018 – the applicability of the Final Rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to...more

An Assessment and Comparison of New TSCA and REACH

by Jones Day on

Passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, or "New Toxic Substances Control Act," introduces a number of changes to regulations for the collection and assessment of information concerning...more

CFPB Releases Final Payday Lending Rule

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its final rule for short-term loans. The nearly 1,700 page rule appears to follow the proposed short-term lending rule with several notable changes. Most...more

CFPB Releases Long Awaited Small Dollar Rule: 5 Things You Need to Know

After months of speculation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final small-dollar loan rule on October 5. If the final rule takes effect, lenders will be required, among other things, to determine...more

Trump’s BLM Cannot Delay Implementation of Oil and Gas Methane Rules after Effective Date

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) cannot postpone implementation of natural gas methane emission rules because such...more

Amended OSHA Silicon Standard: Thirty Day Enforcement Phase-In Memorandum

\The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) previously published a March 25, 2016, Federal Register Notice stating it is amending its existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable in...more

CFPB Makes Last-Minute Changes to 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule

On October 4, 2017, the CFPB released an interim final rule and a proposed rule to amend certain provisions of its 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule. While the changes will not drastically change the 2016 Mortgage Servicing...more

CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight Extends Existing Relief and Provides Additional Relief for Reporting Parties From Reporting...

On September 25, 2017, the Division of Market Oversight of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission “issued a no-action letter (CFTC Staff Letter 17-45) that extends current relief and provides additional relief to...more

EPA Promulgates Final SNUR for Bimodal Mixture Consisting of MWCNTs and Other Classes of CNTs

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 3, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final significant new use rule (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified...more

EPA Publishes Guidance for State CCR Permitting Programs

by Williams Mullen on

In April, 2015, EPA published in the Federal Register a final rule regulating the management and disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR), commonly known as coal ash, from coal-fired power plants. Among other things, the...more

H-2B Cap Increase Temporarily Eases Pain of Returning Worker Exemption Expiration

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The H-2B visa program allows businesses in the United States to sponsor foreign nationals for a temporary visa to work in nonagricultural jobs. The H-2B program is popular among employers in the hospitality, tourism, and...more

Your Voice Is Heard – Controversial Clause Deleted From China’s New Domain Name Rules

by Hogan Lovells on

On 24 August 2017, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT“) issued the final version of the Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names (“New Domain Name Rules“). These new Rules will come...more

Firm Responds To USDOL's Exemption-Related "Request for Information"

by Fisher Phillips on

Fisher Phillips filed its own, extensive remarks (see link below) yesterday in response to the U.S. Department of Labor's Request for Information seeking additional public comment regarding the 2016 compensation revisions to...more

EPA Extends Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products

On September 26, 2017, EPA published a final rule in the federal register extending the compliance deadlines in its Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products as follows...more

Third-Party Testing of Children's Products for Phthalates No Longer Required for Certain Plastics

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), by unanimous vote, has approved a final rule providing that seven plastics in children’s toys and child care articles will no longer require third-party testing because...more

FERC approves reliability standards, proposes further revisions

by PretiFlaherty on

At its first open meeting following restoration of its quorum, today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved two final rules and issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing mandatory standards intended to...more

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